Ms. Namita Nayyar: Elaborate about your bio signature modulation- “scientific spot specific fat reduction”?
Ms. Alexa Towersey: Based on the theory that where we store fat is down to our unique hormonal profile, Bio Signature can explain why some men develop man boobs or a spare Tyre, and why some women have slender stomachs but thunder thighs. It’s essentially scientific, spot specific fat reduction, but not in the way you think.
The Bio Signature assessment involves taking skin-fold measurements with calipers at 12 different points on the body. Different areas of fat correspond to different hormones. The individual readings identify areas where there is a disproportionate amount of fat, and thus identify potential hormonal imbalances in the body. We can work to reduce the imbalances using different types of training, nutrition, supplements and lifestyle modifications, allowing for spot specific fat reduction. It’s definitely more of an ongoing education, and lifestyle based program.
A high proportion of belly fat indicates high levels of the stress hormone cortisol – it could be down to a food intolerance, over-training, dehydration or lack of sleep. Fat on the bottom and legs indicates too much oestrogen, and can be addressed by including lots of cruciferous veges in the diet, avoiding soy products and using natural, organic skin care.
Back fat and muffin tops suggest carbohydrates are not well tolerated. Just by looking at clients, a good Bio Signature Practitioner is able to gain insight into what a client needs to do to reach their own goals with their own specific body type.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Share your exercise routine that you do to maintain such a bikini perfect physique?
Ms. Alexa Towersey: My body definitely responds differently to training than it did in my teens and twenties. Stress management and finding a good balance between my “hard” days in the gym, and my recovery days or “easy” days is much more important now. I have been in the industry a long time and I know what works for my own body type. I’m all about training smart, not necessarily long. I typically do 3 days in the gym doing full body circuits and metabolic conditioning using free weights, kettle bells, plyometrics and sprints, and then my “recovery” days include a mix of power yoga, hot yoga and Pilates. I also walk everywhere, since I’m still finding my way around Sydney, so I get a lot of incidental exercise.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your diet? Do you take a particular fixed regulated diet comprising of nutrients and vitamins to keep you in perfect health?
Ms. Alexa Towersey: Just as with training, nutrition is very individual and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. I’m pretty consistent on a day to day basis, which means that I don’t need to revert to extreme measures every time I want to get in a bikini. I’m not a fan of calorie counting or deprivation, as it makes food a stressor. The key is consistency, and just sticking to eating real, unprocessed, whole foods. And I don’t drink, which makes a huge difference. If there is one piece of advice I could give, it would be to get a food intolerance test done, as just because a food is “healthy” doesn’t mean it is healthy for you. I do take a few supplements, mostly to support having a healthy digestive system – probiotics, digestive enzymes, fish oil, Magnesium, and I’m a huge fan of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar which I add to warm water every morning to start my day.
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